26 June 2006 — Representatives of GE Energy and Enel SpA, along with other local dignitaries, gathered on June 23 to mark the official opening of the Littigheddu (Sedini) Wind Park in Sardinia, one of the largest installations of wind turbines in Italy.
Owned by Enel and featuring 36 of GE Energy’s 1.5-MW wind turbines, the Littigheddu project first entered service in August of 2005. By the end of May 2006, the project had produced more than 68,000 MWh of electricity, with an availability of more than 98 percent.
The Littigheddu project supports the Italian government’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the European Union’s goal to produce 22% of Europe’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010. Much of that power is expected to come from wind energy.
At the end of 2005, Italy’s installed wind capacity was 1,717 MW, according to the European Wind Energy Association. That total is expected to jump to more than 4,600 MW by the end of 2010, reports BTM Consult, the Danish wind consultancy.